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    Verbal abuse in the OR

    I did check laws...recording in some states is considered to be a form of 'keeping notes'. And I agree, one must be careful. There are a variety of ways of being careful if you want to think about it.
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    Drug seeking patients?

    Isn't immediate treatment for hyperglycemia or hypertension; or buying laxatives or decongestants "drug seeking"? Of course it is. If I go to my M.D. because I have an abcess and need antibiotics, I am seeking a drug, otherwise, I wouldn't be sitting in an office and shelling out money. I can see no moral import to the term "drug seeking", and plenty of shock value and abandonment of responsibility. Of course in a time when our country is "addicted to oil", has "Drug Czars" (Czar may be translated as despot), and an endless string of nonsensical terms used for mere semantic value, some tend to be careless with words. But it is generally at the very time that words must be the most precise. Else If I am addicted to oil, I should certainly be in treatment in hopes of becoming 'oil-free'. If it is your judgement that someone is faking it to get a fix, (must be nice to be able to do such in-depth diagnosis in such a short period), then by all means, say it, and make arrangements to get them some detox assistance immediately. I mean, as a DSM diagnosis, addictive behavior must be addressed as a medical problem just as sure as a hot appendix. If someone hurts, they hurt. Take it to the lowest common demominator. I have seen more instances of 'good people' who we all need to be protected from than people of good will. Usually what Peter says about Paul tells me more about Peter than it does Paul. Don't let people hurt because it makes you a hero in the "Drug War", or because of your own predjudices about a drug, or a person who is perhaps in need of hygene, or fill in the blanks, lest I be branded as one who stereotypes. I expect a professional to be critical enough to avoid being influenced by overblown media and self-perpetuating politicians, and especially to have enough respect for their own autonomy / ethics to seperate out the nonsense, and act like a professional faced with a unique problem in a unique patient. This nonsense rubs off on families who take care of elderly family members and then dismiss expressions of pain as "attention seeking", or some other excuse to offer them relief or consult a practitioner. I have seen it before, and I am seeing it happen now, though without power of atty, I can do little. I have seen 'professionals' put a patient on a cold table in a cold room, and refuse him a blanket saying "F!@# him, he's just an alky".(Yes, I got the warm blanket). But then, these are the kind of people in the profession who perform according to their predjudices and gut feelings. And if a few 'bad eggs' continue to practice, we can certainly allow for a few as patients without getting too self-righteous.
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    Verbal abuse in the OR

    Carry a digital microrecorder. They're cheap. Play hardball if that's what he wants. No one has to know you carry it, just transfer the day's events to tape, leave it anonymously in the O/R director's and the surgeon's box. Or the media, as someone said. Many states construe recording as a method of "keeping notes", look it up. Throwing a lap ( or anything) is an aggressive act, especially a wet one. Call security or 911 and press charges. If witnesses want to remain mum, you have your recording, so long as you mentioned the fact and he responded. Finally do you think htese guys have the guts to act out like this in public? They'd get arrested, or lose a few teeth. I know I won't be spoken to in this way anywhere, or touched without permission. Being in the confines of a hospital changes nothing except to prove cowardice, kind of like standing behind a plexiglass barrier and provoking someone.
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    Roll Call

    1.) Not buying things because they're 'cute'. 2.) Not having an entire grocery store aisle devoted to one single part of our anatomy. 3.) The ability to discriminate a high heeled shoe and kitchen knife from a hammer and a slotted screwdriver.
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    Roll Call

    This is a great link, and they even have the video of al Carroll and some other guy building it. http://www.michaelholigan.com/Departments/TVShow/seg_index.asp?ts%5Fid=5255&mscssid=BCSK1EM2S6D09J180HFW7DHW3PWW31F4 As soon as the yard sale's over, I got all the lumber and hardware waiting.... "No, but you'll know what your butt was made for."
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    Male nurses who cook

    'Deviled' ham (devil if I know why they call it that). The aroma of a deviled ham belch....
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    I made a med error

    I quit carrying malpractice years ago. I don't keep cars until they're paid off, the house is in her name prior to marraige, minimal savings, and pay the bills from my account. Other accounts are seperate or nonexistant, and no law prevents me from giving 'presents' to the family. Retirement fund is off limits even to the IRS, and the guns and jewelry and such aren't mine.... (But what about divorce?) Do I trust her? Absolutely. And even if my trust were misplaced, money is just a necessary evil to me anyhow, so long as I get my sentimental belongings like photos, childhood toys, a couple antiques. I'm not real attatched to objects, and I've started over before. If sued, my final position would not be that much different unless someone wants an old Monopoly collection, my lifelong yard jockey, and Dad's watch. Hence the name of the post. The sharks go where the money is. They aren't going after me because they can't get blood from a turnip, after doing the investigative work of finding how much I do or don't have. Generally as I'm told when the questions start about 'do you have malpractice insurance?', a 'no' usually sends them looking somewhere else. I'm much less attractive than the docs and the facility. Never been sued yet, but even if I did get a judgement against me, collecting it is another matter, and they can't take my livelihood away.
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    Roll Call

    Trouble is, after a time, you nearly always need to make a shop. (...And don't call it a shed...) Otherwise you have a garage full of sawdust, not to mention having to run more dedicated circuits for safety. And then the bench becomes a convenient place for 'dear wife' to put things she doesn't need indoors at the time, unless you like the idea of having a display case of china angels and an airline cosmetic bag, and potting supplies adding to the ambience of the shop. I didn't think those laser saws would be all they are cracked up to be. I'll just keep using the board and clamp fence. The levelers are nice, though. If interested, I'll try to find the site for a video of making an incredible work bench. Can be done in a weekend. Liberace goes to the doctor, not feeling well. The doc says, "well, I'm not going to beat around the bush, you have HIV." Liberace says "Oh my God what can I do?" The doc says "Here's what I want you to do...go home and eat a box of Grape-Nuts, 6 jalepeno peppers, a pound of hot sausage, half a bag of peanuts, half a bag of walnuts, 6 carrots slathered in tabasco, and top it off with a quart of prune juice." Liberace says, "And so, will that cure me?" The doc says...
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    Roll Call

    Hi Well the title implies the question. Are the lasers any better than a 2x4 guide and c-clamps? Seems that laser or not, one could err without a guide. I mean it's nothing more than a high tech chalk line, unless I'm wrong. I'm pretty happy with my trusty Craftsman. '..to knock the weenies off the dumb ones....'
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    Does your LTC provide you with work supplies?

    Well, that must be in a different area of Texas. I admit my first mistake was to be honest with potential employers as regards my injury. Second, the employer would not accomidate me for a short period to get back on my feet by reducing my daily shift hoursfrom 10hr. to 8 hr., although shifts were modified for several females who had to 'pick up kids' and such. Third, I was simply let go without reason, although I pursued positions which I could perform after being naieve enough to believe in the false concern and reassurances of management, employee health nurses, and such. Where I live, a little money, some good whiskey, and a whore to the right people can serve to make 'all men equal, it's just that some are more equal than others.' as Orwell wrote. And besides, I am convinced that the hospitals all sleep together not-withstanding a public facade of intense competition. Behind closed doors, who can prove blackballing? I raised too much Cain in my defence and knew the laws well enough that I became a liability. Plus I did not defer to the upper eschelon so far as my interests were concerned, although I continually reassured them that all I wanted was a chance to heal up, and get on with things. I didn't want a pound of flesh. My record is spotless, I had topped out on performance raises in my department within a year, and was considered a first rate nurse, having the evaluations to prove it. Yet I saw 'friends' in management and even former employers whom I had good relations with do a 180 degree turn in their atttude. I entitled this response 'Smith County Justice' after a book from the 1980s by the same name which exposed quite a bit of the corruption that continues to go on in this 'God Fearing' area. The author, D. Ellsworth recieved death threats, and all sorts of obsticles during the writing of his book. It was subsequently quickly pulled off the shelves by the 'good people' (you know, like they pressured booksellers not to carry the Harry Potter series), and the only way you can view it is in a small room at the library in the reserved book section. Unless you want to pay $150.00 for a rare copy, which I did. Plus I talked to quite a few people who were directly/indirectly involved. The film "Rush' is very loosely based on the facts of the cases, and the 'good people ' even got Ross Perot involved to carry out their agenda. It was pretty much precipitated by a club owner's refusal to pay bribes to the cops to stay open. My point is, maybe the hospitals 'can't' do certain things, but they do, and they will. My EEOC complaint, my payday law claim for back benefits, et.c. were summarily dismissed with incredible rapidity, inside of a month. I have spoken to too many employees and former employees with similar stories to think that I am misled. I was simply too willing to believe that the law is applied impartially, and that rights under law are respected. I have always believed (until now) in loyalty to an employer, have gone far beyond call of duty for employers, only to find that they don't know the meaning of the word 'reciprocity'. Call me cynical if you wish, but it is tempered by experience, and henceforth a job is just that; a job. I have started a new job where they use mostly LVNs and need my license to be a token RN more than I need them. I have not lost my ethic concerning patient care, but that's my limit. I do no favors, work no OT, and could care less if the place I work is still in buisness come tomorrow, so long as I am paid. "Smith County will remain dry as long as the good Baptists can stagger to the voting booths" ... A saying in these parts.
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    Does your LTC provide you with work supplies?

    Hi Background: 25 years of nursing experiece, most all specialty, critical , O/R, et.c. O.K...Blackballed in this area after sticking up for myself after being injured in the line of duty. Couldn't buy a job. Did agency, very unpredictable income to say the least. So here's where I'm leading.... I decided to add some stability and get some floor experience by signing up at a LTC facility. The first shift I'm there, the supplier came and reposessed 5 specialty beds that hadn't been paid for in a year, they had cabs running out to pick up scripts for the residents at local pharmacies, and the staff told me to cash my check the day I got it. Question: Are most of these facilities run this way? If not, it sounds like a no brainer to head for the hills pretty soon.
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    I made a med error

    yeah, and the pity is that the family isn't doing this on behalf of the allegedly 'injured' party who apparently suffered no injury. they just want some more in the coffers to pick over after the patient is deceased. then they'll end up fighting each other over it.
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    Male nurses who cook

    This may start some activity....Any good Spam recipies? The proud White Trash blood that flows through my veins, I was born with a can in my hand, and how it got there, don't ask me. I remember slices of Spam pan fried until slightly burned on the edges, served on soft doughy white bread pressed down with mother's hand. Sometimes accompanied by fried yesterday's Cream of Wheat strips (after sitting in the fridge all night to set) with salt and pepper. There is something to be said for having a mother who was raised during the Great Depression. It makes for creative use of leftovers. I still have a tendency to keep things in the fridge that were best discarded the night they were originally cooked. Therapy has helped, though.
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    Roll Call

    What are we fizzling out or something? Wear your Animus proudly!!!
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    The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

    Don't let them use you for the "mule" on the floor because you're a 'big stong guy'. You'll mess up your back and your time management if you are repeatedly called to do heavy work. I'm sure they can find a female or two capable of lifting or turning. This is a common hazard in the workplace. Also, an invite to the thread 'Male Nurses Who Cook'...I know some if not most young students and the 'established' generation (read middle-aged) have some recipies ranging from the downright dangerous to blissful.
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    The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

    25 yr after nursing school, let me give you a piece of advice. I note not much has changed in the approach to testing when I go for CEUs and such. Here's one of the keys: 1.) Don't get panicky. Easy for me to say because I don't suffer from test anxiety. Get some low dose beta blockers from your doc if you are on good terms for these sort of situations on an as needed basis. Get a good sleep. 2.) Watch for cute little tricks like slipping in a "not" or something in the question. 3.) Many questions are somewhat ambiguous, ie "what is the best answer?" when 2 or 3 answers may be true. Value judgement, lack of information in the scenario can throw you off. 4.) Most importantly: Very often 4 answers are given. You can usually quickly throw out 2 of the 4 answers off the bat if you've studied. Of the remaining 2, sometimes you have to hold your nose and choose one. Now, when doing this always imagine what some horrible menopausal nazi in a pointed bra and a permanent scowl would expect. You will be right more often than not. Hope this helps